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Exploring Community Engagement and Volunteering Elective 

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Use the navigation bar to browse volunteering opportunities that have been vetted for the Exploring Community Engagement and Volunteering Elective. Click 'Browse Opportunities', on the left > tick the boxes relevant you > view the roles that fit your interests, skills and availability (don't forget to log in first, top right). Then fill in the form below to express and interest in your top 3 opportunities by 10:00 24/09/19. You will then receive an email with the contact details of the organisation or an invitation to discuss your choices further. 

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Further Information

Exploring Community Engagement and Volunteering Elective is a collaboration between the Students' Union and The School of Education and Social Work. It’s simple, you can volunteer and get credits. You can expect...

  • A great range of local community organisations to choose from where you will complete 30+ hours of volunteering
  • 4 weeks of academic and participatory workshops introducing you to the voluntary sector and what to expect when volunteering
  • Ongoing support from the Community Volunteering Coordinator at the Students' Union 
  • 2 reflection sessions (tutorials) to further develop your understanding of successful reflection in preparation of your final 1500 word essay. 

Watch this video to see what some of the students got up to last term and to hear about some of the skills they developed. 

The confirmed list of organisations so far include, Action Tutoring, Allsorts Youth Project, Assert, Brighton Peace and Environment Centre, Care for the Carers, Concordia, Emmaus, Fabrica, Fareshare, Gladrags, Home Start East Sussex, Macmillan Horizon Centre, One Youth Brighton, Ronald McDonald House, SEASALT, Self Managed Learning Centre, Stanmer Preservation Society, Sussex Prisoners' Families, Switchboard, Sussex Oak Leaf, Sussex Partnership NHS, The Bevy, The Green Centre, The Keep, Workers Education Association, Young Carers and a few more still to come.     

For any questions about the volunteer roles available or for support switching to this elective please contact Hannah, hannah.wd@sussexstudent.com. Further information can be found on the volunteer section

Do you want to volunteer but don't have enough time? You can volunteer and get credits.Interested in volunteering? There are still spaces available on the volunteering elective

More Information from the School of Education and Social Work

This module gives you an opportunity to make a difference in our local community as part of your studies. It brings together classroom learning and the experience of volunteering in a local community organisation - such as a charity or community group.

The first part of the course looks at volunteering in the UK context and ideas about what volunteering is and the impact it can have. There is a choice of volunteering opportunities with a range of vetted partner community organisations to which you will be matched based on your interests, ability and availability. You must spend at least 30 hours in the volunteering placement in order to pass the module.

The volunteering may involve preparing engaging activities for children and young people, organising a fundraising event, redistributing surplus food, supporting older people, community gardening projects, campaigning on environmental issues, mentoring LGBTQ+ peers, reducing isolation amongst disabled people, helping a community group with its social media, taking on an administrative task, cataloguing for an archive, etc.

You are assessed on submission of a 1500 word written report in which you will critically reflect on your experience. The community group to which you are assigned will also be required to verify your completion of 30 hours with them.

You must successfully pass an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Check to be accepted onto the module. 

This module is offered in partnership between the University of Sussex Students’ Union and the School of Education and Social Work, bringing the academic learning of the school together with an opportunity for practical application in different community settings.

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